Petition 81183

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Addition to Provision (81183-FO-ΒΆ103)

Amend the beginning of provision statement, “Of the Duty of Christians to the Civil Authority,” as follows:  
  
The United Methodist Church, as a global connection, believes I  it is the duty of all Christians, and especially of all Christian ministers, to observe ...

Rationale

    Article of Religion XXIII was necessary in 1784, and the legislatively enacted provision statement of 1808 interpreted Article XXIII to churches in foreign countries.  It is the goal of this petition that the proposed addition to the provision will reflect sensitivity to United Methodist brothers and sisters around the globe.